Our speakers for the well attended August meeting were Ilse Scheepers and Matthew Gain from Audible Australia whose company produce the world’s largest selection of audio books offering over 200,000 titles which are listened to on various devices. Ilse Scheepers, the main speaker, loves the transformative power of the spoken word; during her presentation we were delighted to listen to Richard Armitage reading from David Copperfield and Simon Callow’s reading from A Tale of Two Cities. We learnt that a good audio book has a plot that gets you in; a setting to capture the imagination; pacing of the reading; is often written in the first person and a narrator who suits the story and can ‘do all the voices’. As such Audible Australia has an extensive Dickens collections. Ilse and Matthew finished the presentation by giving all those in attendance the offer of three free downloads which were gratefully appreciated by us all.
President Louise Owens presided over the meeting mentioning that, as well as the International Conference in October this year, we’ll be having a weekend conference in 2019 which will take place in the Sydney beachside suburb of Manly. Another event to look forward to!
The meeting was book-ended by our talented member Geoff Usher who gave a spirited and exuberant reading from our Book of the Year Martin Chuzzlewit, finishing the meeting with his usual limerick in honour of the two speakers.
Gary Corkill gave the “Show and Tell” Dickens memorabilia section having brought along a first edition Dickens’ book he purchased on Haye on Wye, a small Welsh market town famous for its many bookshops; twenty volumes of Household Words and four volumes of All The Year Round which he purchased from Rose-Marie Morrison of the Adelaide branch; some Dickens’ serviette rings and two miniature Dickens’ characters made by Bossons of Congelton, England. Quite a serious collection!
Once again, following the thanks given by Vasuhda Chandra and presentation of geraniums to the speakers, the items for sale at our The Old Curiosity Shop proved a great drawcard before members headed off to enjoy lunch.